A Note From Pastor Steven

 

Hello.

It is my privilege to be the pastor of New Hope Baptist Church. We are a group of people who have come together because of our mutual faith in the Lord Jesus Christ.He is our Hope, and we invite you to discover Jesus as your Hope as well.

Also, thank you for visiting our website.I pray that it will help you to stay connected with the Lord as well as this particular body of believers.Please be sure to check out our website often, as we will continue to make many exciting changes, updates, and enhancements in the future.

We invite you to come join us in worship, fellowship, prayer, and the preaching of God’s Word each Sunday and Wednesday.

Blessings,
Pastor Steven
 

 

Pastor Steven's Sermons

1 Thessalonians – A Few Resources

1 Thessalonians – A Few Resources  
 
Recently, we began a new sermon series on Sunday morning entitled “Living in the Light of the Lord’s return.”  The series is based on Paul’s first letter to the Thessalonians.  Below is a list of several resources that you might find helpful during our series.  
 
“For who is our hope or joy or crown of exultation? Is it not even you, in the presence of our Lord Jesus at His coming?  For you are our glory and joy.” (1 Thessalonians 2:19-20, NASB)  
Blessings,  
 
Pastor Steven


“Abundance of Things – Luke 12:15”

Jesus was often asked to intervene to help solve problems. Such was the case in Luke 12:13-15 prior to telling a parable about a rich man. A man from among the crowd asked Jesus to solve a family problem related to inheritance. Instead of answering the question, Jesus deals with the real issue which was a person’s heart in regards to greed, money, and possessions.   Essentially, Jesus asked him what is more important in life. Were money, possessions, and the things of this world most important? The problem Jesus points out is that no amount of money or possessions can truly satisfy the soul of a person. So no matter how much inheritance they received, it would never satisfy them. One reason is that man is often covetous which reflects a heart of discontentment. Being covetousness simply means we want for things we do not have.         
To explain this point better, Jesus tells a short parable in Luke 12:16-21. The parable shows that a man can have many things in this world, but be poor to God.   Are you laying up treasures on Earth while remaining poor of heavenly riches (Matthew 6:19-21)? Are you content with what the Lord has already given you (Hebrews 13:5)? Why not take time to thank the Lord for what He has already provided for you.  
 
Blessings,   Pastor Steven


Resurrection Reading & Videos

On Sunday, April 21 we will be celebrating the resurrection of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.  Jesus stated before his death that he would rise again on the third day (Matthew 28:6).  Furthermore, Paul states that the resurrection is vital to the Christian faith (1 Cor. 15:14).  With such an important time of the year approaching, I wanted to provide you with some suggested reading to prepare your hearts for this great day.  Below you will find a list of reading related to our Lord’s resurrection.  Also, I included a few links of some videos that you might like.    

May the Lord bless you and encourage your hearts because our Savior lives today.   

Blessings,

Pastor Steven



Seventy Times Seven

“Seven Times Seventy” (Matthew 18:21-35)   The ability to forgive is an attribute that is essential for a disciple of Jesus Christ. Peter asked Jesus how many times he would need to forgive someone. The Rabbinic tradition was that you needed to do so three times. Although Peter assumed seven times would be adequate, Jesus taught him that there were no limits set on how often we are to forgive.   To help the disciples better understand this, Jesus teaches them using a parable. There was a servant of the king who owed a debt so large that he could never pay it back. When asked to pay it, he pleaded with his master to give him more time to repay the debt. Because of the master’s great mercy, he forgave all of his debt.   However, the servant then went out and found another servant who owed him just a small amount. When the second servant asked for time to repay, the first servant refused and threw him into prison. When his master learned of this, he jailed the first servant for his unwillingness to forgive even though he had been forgiven so much himself.   Jesus teaches us that we have had all of our sins forgiven by God’s great mercy. This serves as our model for forgiving others. We need to be willing to forgive, no matter how many times it is needed.   Is there someone you need to forgive? Let us be a people who know no limits to forgiveness.   Blessings,   Pastor Steven



Daniel Extras – Part 3

Currently, our Sunday night sermon series is on the book of Daniel. Below are some extra items that will help you understand this great book better. These extras are related to Daniel chapters 3 and 4.  

  1. What Scriptures were used as cross-references in the Daniel 3 and 4 sermons?

 

Proverbs 6:16-18; 11:2

Isaiah 43:2

Jeremiah 29:22

Hebrews 11:34

 

  1. What was the hymn mentioned in the Daniel 3:19-30 sermon that referenced fiery trials?

 

How Firm a Foundation = https://hymnary.org/text/how_firm_a_foundation_ye_saints_of

 

  1. Daniel 3, The Great Golden Image = Here are a few links that provide images of the great golden image of Daniel 3.

 

http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-MMZY1AHmWGg/UuOsRQZHYAI/AAAAAAAAEEM/s0ZQKrv7L7o/s1600/1+-+342160355_n.jpg and http://jesusplusnothing.com/studies/online/Daniel3.htm

 

  1. William Blake’s Nebuchadnezzar Painting = Painting of the king under the judgement of God.

 

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Daniel_4#/media/File:William_Blake_-_Nebuchadnezzar_(Tate_Britain).jpg

  Blessings,   Pastor Steven



Daniel Extras – II

Currently, our Sunday night sermon series is on the book of Daniel. 

As we go through Daniel, I will periodically provide extra items that will help you better understand this great book.  Below is a list of extras related to Daniel chapter 2.

  1. What Scriptures were used as cross references in the two Daniel 2 sermons? 

Psalm 20:7

Psalm 50:15

Isaiah 2:2

Micah 4:1

Zechariah 14:9

Revelation 11:15

2.Nebuchadnezzar’s dream = Good article that explains the great image in Nebuchadnezzar’s dream.  https://www.gotquestions.org/Nebuchadnezzars-dream.html

3. Daniel 2, The Great Statue = This is a helpful chart with explanatory notes related to the great statue in Nebuchadnezzar’s dream.  https://www.harvesthousepublishers.com/blog/do-you-know-how-to-interpret-the-four-kingdoms-of-daniel

4. Videos = Two brief videos done to show a 3D view of the great statute.  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3aK7zpVU7bE and https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bFtoX_rz3tg.

Blessings,

Pastor Steve



“Hope For The Cast down – Psalm 42:5”

The book of Psalms is made up of five books (or collections) of 150 psalms.

Psalm 42 begins the second book in the Psalms. Contrary to common thought, there are psalms written by other authors than David. In the case of Psalm 42, it is one of several psalms written “of the Sons of Korah.” The psalm is typically categorized as a lament, although it does contain other aspects to it.   Psalm 42:1-5 provide a picture of a person who has a deep longing for the Lord. For example, verse 1 pictures a deer who longs for water, just as the human soul does the presence of God. Verse 2 describes the human soul that thirsts for God, desperately trying to be in His presence. Just as water is required for life, so is the Lord Himself needed for true life. In Psalm 42:5, the question is raised as to why a child of God would be cast down (e.g. in despair) instead of hoping in God. The child of God does not need to be in despair, God will again help them just as He has before. It is important to remember that Biblical hope differs from the world’s view of hope. The world sees hope as having an element of doubt to it, whereas Biblical hope is not based on feeling or doubt. Rather, Biblical hope is based on the certain and solid belief that God’s promises and Word will come true. Said another way, it is hope that is completely confident in the Lord.   Like the psalmist, we must ask ourselves where our hope is when we are down cast or in despair. Is it in the many temporary things of this world? Or, do we have hope in the One True God and know with certainly He will fulfill all His promises and Word?     Blessings,   Pastor Steven



Daily Walking With Christ (2019)

Recently, some of you have asked for some resources to help in their daily walk with Christ. Below is a re-post from a year ago that be helpful. I would probably add to the below John MacArthur’s “One Perfect Life” (https://www.amazon.com/One-Perfect-Life-Complete-Story/dp/1401676324) as another great resource. Pastor Steven Pace February 2019  

 

In recent sermons, I have mentioned the need for Christian’s to daily reflect on Jesus Christ. This is something that will enable you to grow in Christlikeness. It is hard to follow someone you do not know. For several years, my practice has been to read the gospels constantly. I always try to be reading one of the gospels. This allows me to reflect on Jesus, who he is, how he responded to situations, etc. Several people have asked me for suggestions on doing this. Below is a list of ways and resources that may assist you in your walk with Jesus Christ. The list is not exhaustive but has been a good source for me over the years. Suggestions:

  1. Simply pick one of the four gospels and read it from beginning to end. Nothing fancy, but the simplest and best approach. If you are new to reading them, try Mark or John first. If you read a little each day, you will be surprised how quickly you will finish them. However, do not just re ad them, take time to pray and ponder what you are reading.
  2. One of the best resources for studying the gospels is to have a Harmony of the Gospels. These are helpful on many fronts allowing you to study in detail the life of Christ.
    1. The best is an older one by Robert L. Thomas – https://www.christianbook.com/nasb-harmony-of-the-gospels/robert-thomas/9780060635244/pd/063524X?event=ESRCQ
    2. HCSB Harmony of the Gospels. This is a really good one, although it is hard to find in hard copy. eBook is also available – https://www.christianbook.com/hcsb-harmony-of-the-gospels-ebook/steven-cox/9781433669842/pd/15353EB?event=ESRCG
    3. Holman Christian Standard Bible A Simplified Harmony of Gospels – This version makes for a great read streamlining all the text in a good readable flow. eBook version is available to – https://www.christianbook.com/holman-christian-standard-simplified-harmony-gospels/9780805494235/pd/94235?event=ESRCQ
  3. While I do not recommend this in place of Scripture, the next few are supplemental suggestions. These are good devotions on the life of Jesus. https://www.amazon.com/Daily-Readings-Christ-Grace-Today/dp/0802456006
  4. If you drive a lot or like to listen to audiobooks, I have enjoyed this one a lot. The Story of Jesus – https://www.amazon.com/Story-Jesus-NIV-Experience-Seamless/dp/B005J31840
  5. Finally, a great in-depth study of Jesus and the Gospels. Great resource – http://www.lifeway.com/Product/jesus-and-the-gospels-P005018309


Daniel Extras – I

Last night we began our new Sunday night sermon series in the book of Daniel.  As we go through Daniel, I will periodically be providing extra items that will provide more details.  Below is a list of extras as we begin.

  1. Who were the Chaldeans?  https://www.gotquestions.org/Chaldeans.html
  2. John Phillips = audio summary of the book of Daniel.  Excellent overview of the book.  https://voicesforchrist.org/welcome/search?q=john+Phillips+daniel
    1. Looking At Daniel-01 ~ Chapters 1-6
    2. Looking At Daniel-02 ~ Chapters 7 & Prophecies Daniel Prophecy 
3. Two outline options = we will be using the traditional one, but interesting to note the alternative option.  https://bible.org/article/outline-daniel
4. Name Changes = we were introduced to Daniel and his three Hebrew friends.  This is the name change chart that I referred to.

Changing Names

Hebrew Names                                                  Babylonian Names

      Daniel (God is my judge)                                      Belteshazzar (Bel Protect His Life)

      Hananiah (Yahweh is gracious)                            Shadrach (Aku is exalted)

      Mishael (Who is what God is?)                             Meshach (Who is what Aku is?)

      Azariah (Yahweh is my help)                                Abednego (Servant of Nebo)

 

Blessings,

Pastor Steven



2019 Bible Reading

New Years is a time when many people come up with numerous resolutions for things they would like to do in the New Year.  Often times Christians will look to commit to reading the Bible more.  However, sometimes help is needed to maintain a good Bible reading schedule.

Below are a series of links that provide a wide variety of Bible reading plans.  Perhaps you will find one that works for you.

Back to the Bible = http://backtothebible.org/bible-reading-plans

Crossway = https://www.esv.org/resources/reading-plans/

Navigators = http://www.navigators.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/04/DJ-Book-at-a-Time-Bible-reading-plan.pdf

Blue Letter Bible Chronological Reading Plan = https://www.blueletterbible.org/assets/pdf/dbrp/1Yr_ChronologicalPlan.pdf

No matter what you use, I pray that you will seek to read your Bible every day in 2019.     

Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly (Colossians 3:16 ESV)

Blessings,

Pastor Steven